Feb 4, 2010

A Late Monday Morning Clarity

Sorry for the delay this week. Lots of stuff going on, been mulling around in my head lots of things I want to write about but haven't been able to carve out time to do it.
  • Another great time of music and worship Sunday morning. The last few weeks we have had a tangible move of the Spirit in our singing.
  • The choir and Whitney Patterson did an awesome job on The Stand! I love this song and they knocked it out of the park.
  • We are really moving closer to having a corporate understanding of our mission to "make disciples." Had a great time preaching on the Great Commission Sunday morning and got some great response.
  • Tuesday was my son Drew (he likes to be called Andrew now) birthday. God blessed us nine years ago with Drew. Happy Birthday Drew!
  • Look for some changes in our Guest Services coming up soon. Robert Forbus has agreed to help Kevin and me make some changes in our front-door ministries of parking lot, greeters, ushers, and more. This will also open up some opportunities for a lot of people to find a place to serve.
  • Wow! Sixth Street stepped up in giving a special gift to the people of Haiti. As of Tuesday, you guys had given over $1600. We will be sending that in the next week to the State Board of Missions to be given over to SBC Disaster Relief. Great job!
  • I finished a great book by John Piper last week called "Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ". It helped me to realize how little we in the church in America understand suffering for others to hear the gospel. I am thankful for men and women who risk life and family to fulfill the Great Commission.
  • If you haven't signed your kids up for Student Life Kids Camp or Youth Camp at the beach, you need to do so now! This will be a life-changing opportunity for them. Talk to Eric about the details.
  • We are doing some work on the layout for the church directory and hope to get that ready soon.
  • Don't forget the Sunday night party to watch the big football game (due to NFL liscensing, we can't advertise it by it's real name anymore). Bring tailgate food, chili, etc. I am working up some soup and some chicken wings!


Larry E. said...

Brother Matt,

I am excited about the pictorial directory, especially since the older I get, the harder it is for me to remember names to faces. Again, your sermon series has really inspired me to write again. I put this one together after your message this past Lord's day. I wanted to share it with you. Thank you for your great study and knowledge of the Bible and your ability to present it to all in a comprehensive way.

Larry Eakin

Saved To Be Commissioned
By: Larry A. Eakin

Lord help us see what we’re not and change us not a little but a lot.
There is work to do for the harvest is plentiful but workers are few.

Christ came to show us The Way; why are we quiet almost every day?
He didn’t give us a spirit of timidity, but of boldness for eternity.

Saved by The One and Only Name; how can we choose to remain the same?
We were saved out of the night to lead men to the only saving light.

Many today do not know His Name; Paul points this out to our shame.
But, we’ve been saved to proclaim our Blessed Lord and Savior’s Name.

We do live by faith in Christ alone, but we need to point others home.
Remember back in your youth when someone shared with you The Truth.

The Truth that all need to hear is that Christ’s return is very near.
First they must hear The Good News and there’s little time to lose.

Of The Gospel Paul was not ashamed, for it is powerful when proclaimed,
Its power unto salvation meant to be preached to every single nation.

Salvation comes to all who believe, preach The Word and you will see.
Paul was a part of The Great Commission, which today is our mission.

Our mission is the sharing of God’s Word, until men everywhere have heard.
The Gospel is that Christ died for you and me and will return in Victory.

He’s coming back to redeem His own and take us to our Eternal Home.
Christ saves all who do believe; accept Him now and you won’t grieve.

Larry E. said...

Brother Matt,

Just bored here at work and thought I would share something else I was working on.


Directions To My Father’s Home
By: Larry A. Eakin

When you’re headed down that road, make a right on Believe Boulevard.
Keep straight and go through the green light, which is Jesus Christ.

There you must turn onto the bridge of Faith, which is over Troubled Water.
When you get off the bridge make a right and keep straight;
You are now on Kings Highway Heaven bound!

Keep going for three miles:
One for the Father, One for the Son, and One for the Holy Spirit.
Then exit off to Grace Boulevard and from there,
Make a right turn onto Gospel Lane.

Keep straight and make another right onto Prayer Road.
As you go on your way, yield not to the traffic on Temptation Avenue.

And avoid Sin Street because it is nothing but a Dead End.

On that note, pass up Envy Drive, Hate Avenue, Hypocrisy Court, Gossiping Lane, And Backbiting Boulevard for these roads take you off your route.

However, you must go down, Longsuffering Lane, Persecution Boulevard,
And Trials and Tribulations Avenue.

But that's all right because Victory Street is straight ahead!
Where you will see your Father’s Home.